American multi-national automaker, Ford, says it has introduced a number of impressive features to the latest 2018 Expedition, especially in the entertainment segment, for the comfort of its driver and other occupants.
Specifically, it says, with the help of SlingPlayer, the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition can stream TV shows and live sporting events on the road.
Commenting on the benefits of the facility, online journal, MSN Autos, notes that cable subscriptions are very expensive and any moment not spent watching it is like money wasted, but “if you buy a 2018 Ford Expedition, you can kiss those fears goodbye.”
Ford says the new Expedition’s rear-seat entertainment system packs an industry first – SlingPlayer app integration, which allows users to access live cable or satellite TV while on the go. In order to do that, you’ll need a Slingbox connected at home, as well as a working home internet connection.
It says in addition to SlingPlayer, rear-seat occupants can stream from an Android device using Miracast. “There’s also a DVD player, in case the kids like to kick it old school, as well as HDMI inputs for gaming. The USB ports are just about everywhere, so there’s no need to fight for charging.”
The report, however, says owners/riders of the new vehicle will need an active Internet connection to get the SlingPlayer and other connected services to work.
It also says Ford delivers that with a 4G LTE modem connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot can support up to 10 devices up to 50 feet away from the vehicle, so campouts and tailgates will not force the connected to stay inside the car.
In a report about the new entertainment system, it says, “SlingPlayer software embedded into the EVO system allows passengers to connect to their Slingbox system at home and control their cable or satellite TV.
“Passengers can also use the DVD player, HDMI port, USB, or the SD card reader to view additional content. Additionally, streaming video can be sent to the display screens via the system’s SmartStream app on compatible iOS or Android devices.”
A report by another online auto journal, Motortrend, also confirms that the available Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to 10 devices at once, adding that this is not limited to the vehicle because it has a range of up to 50 feet.
The journal also quotes Ford as saying that as further evidence of the popularity of streaming music, the automaker is axing the CD player in the upcoming subcompact 2018 Ford EcoSport crossover. This will create room for a more upright touchscreen and more storage space for smartphones.
“Ford believes that the young EcoSport buyers will prefer sourcing music through the available Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, and SYNC Connect instead of using a CD player.”
In its analysis of the vehicle and its unique features, Autoblog.com says live TV still has a lot of appeal and a special place in the hearts of sports fans, adding, “This could be an interesting and appealing extra for a decent group of buyers.”
It, however, warns drivers of the new vehicle to remember that they cannot drive and watch TV at the same time.
Introduced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 Ford Expedition is loaded with active and passive safety systems, seats that fold flat at the push of a button and the aerodynamics of a building.
According to the automaker, the all-new 2018 Expedition is at the top of its game. With a refined and spacious cabin, it boasts incredible room for both people and cargo.
Its towing capability is said to be impressive and technology, smart and innovative. “You’ll find yourself jumping at the chance to get behind the wheel,” says Ford.
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